Photos by MJ Klein
Some time ago, we brought you a series on the re-engineering of a large road near our home. Continuing with that series, we’re now going to take a look at the road that runs behind our house.
This is a shot of the sidewalk, or at least, where the sidewalk used to be (referred to as “pavement” in the UK). A few days ago, jackhammering began and ran into the night. The next day, the sidewalk was broken up. A day later, the broken pieces were all removed, and since then it’s been as you see it here.
This is the view taken in the other direction. Hui-chen and I speculate that this road is being widened to accommodate all the cars that park on this road. Recently, the Hukou Police ticketed hundreds of cars for parking on this road (even though it’s not illegal) and that may have been their way of making a point. What worries me is the possible destruction of so many trees that line this road. The area behind our house is very green and is lush with trees and bushes. We’d hate to see these trees cut down in the process, but if the road is being widened, I don’t see how that eventuality can be avoided.
We will keep you posted.
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